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Microtonal Train Wreck of the Super Cheese Wiz’s

In the interest of furthering dialog between our 12ET brethren and our more flavorful microtonalist artists I present this provocative YouTube recording of America’s favorite band, Van Halen attempting to close a set with their signature cheeseburger – Jump.
The backstage sound guy accidentally plays the synth opening at 48K rather than 44.1 causing a 1.5 semitone tonal conflict to occur. Eddie and the crew attempt to roll with the microtonal noise but no… it is not meant to be. Somehow I believe new music’s brilliant microtonalist/guitarist Neil Haverstick could have done a lot better.



Comment from David Laganella
Time: October 19, 2007, 3:29 pm

I bet Eddie wished he still had his Steinberger “headless” guitar with the transposing tremolo at that moment.

Comment from Jay Batzner
Time: October 19, 2007, 3:42 pm

Wait, isn’t the title of this article also a piece by Terry Riley?

Comment from Ben.H
Time: October 19, 2007, 3:55 pm

Looks like someone left the brown M&Ms in the bowl.

Comment from Dan
Time: October 19, 2007, 9:20 pm

And for more ‘differently’ toned Youtube performances

Comment from David
Time: October 20, 2007, 2:08 am

The problem seems actually to have been the guitar – the YouTube clip of their 10/1 performance is also in C# (the key of the synth, but not the guitar, in the Greensboro performance above).

Comment from bill
Time: October 20, 2007, 12:26 pm

Headline: Van Halen almost plays something interesting!!

Comment from Samuel Vriezen
Time: October 21, 2007, 1:47 pm

The fact that the fans don’t seem to mind very much is particularly shocking. Let no-one ever say that the problem with atonal music is that “you can’t hear when they play wrong notes”. “The Audience” in general can’t even tell a flute from an airplane.

Comment from Daniel G.
Time: October 23, 2007, 12:40 pm

You’ve got to give Van Halen and the trumpet chick credit for sticking to it. Those of us with a more acute sense of pitch would have put a halt to the whole thing.

Comment from Samuel Vriezen
Time: October 23, 2007, 3:49 pm

Indeed, Daniel. They’re like Bush, they stay the course.

Comment from Matt Searles
Time: December 22, 2009, 1:16 am

God, what happened to them? I remember when I used to like them! It’s like whatever artistic merit, and I know folks around here are skeptical that there ever was too much of that, but whatever there was of it.. its like.. all they got is some kind of nostalgia going on.. Like I’m sorry, if there show used to be about this whole high energy thing that they now can’t do cause they’re too old and out of shape.. why can’t they like.. reinvent them selves or something? I mean.. as it is, it’s just kinda disturbing, ya know?